25 January 2021
Blyth Town News
The importance of one of Blyth’s main shopping areas has been recognised with the start of construction work representing £100,000 of investment.
Blyth Town Council have commissioned the work to improve the High Street car park area in the town after the Council’s original plans for Bowes Street were included in the County Council’s Local Transport Plan. The modernisation of Bowes Street is now included within the Northern Gateway project which has attracted major Government funding.
Cllr Margaret Richardson who is Chair of the Environment Committee was pleased to see the work starting:
“This project has been delayed due to the Covid-19 situation, but work has now started and is expected to take three to four weeks. During this time, these car park areas will be closed.
“As part of the work, the existing wooden planters surrounding the car parks will be removed and the tarmac reinstated. The car parks will be surrounded by individual planters containing trees and seasonal planting to brighten and open up the area. Street lighting columns will also be replaced in keeping with the plans for the Bowes Street area.”
Mayor of Blyth Cllr Warren Taylor added:
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the essential works, but the end result will help bring a much better and vibrant feel to the area.”
Later in the spring, work will also commence to improve Church Street and Wanley Street in the town centre which is also thanks to funding from the Northern Gateway project supported by the National Towns Fund, Northumberland County Council and Blyth Town Council. This is part of the overall Engergising Blyth plan.